Irving Azoff: ‘Medications Partly to Blame for Glenn Frey’s Death’
Eagles manager Irving Azoff partly blames medications for the death of rocker Glenn Frey on Monday. The guitarist, 67, passed away due to rheumatoid arthritis, acute ulcerative colitis, and pneumonia, and now their longtime manager Azoff says the latter two were caused by the medicines Frey was taking to treat the inflammatory disorder.
“The colitis and pneumonia were side effects from all the meds,” Azoff told TheWrap.com. “He died from complications of ulcer and colitis after being treated with drugs for his rheumatoid arthritis which he had for over 15 years.” Azoff, who did not disclose the name of the medication in question, said he’s still in shock following the news of his dear pal’s death, adding, “I wouldn’t have been the success that I’ve been without Glenn Frey teaching me, leading me and supporting me for over 40 years… He was a passionate family man, a great father, a great humanitarian, and he’s gone way too soon.” Azoff also revealed plans for a memorial service and “party” to honor Frey in Los Angeles are in the works. Meanwhile, tributes continue to pour in for the beloved “The Heat is On” singer on Twitter, as Justin Timberlake wrote, “My Mom used to play Eagles records for me on my way to grade school. We lost one of the greatest songwriters ever today,” and One Direction’s Niall Horan added, “Very sad to hear of the passing of one of my favorites of all time Glenn Frey … A man I had the pleasure of meeting and a man I had the honor of listening to all my life.” Frey’s longtime friend and fellow Detroit, Michigan, native Bob Seger also shared his condolences in a touching tribute to Billboard, saying he was “devastated” by the news of his death. “I knew him for 50 years. He was a great kid. I always kind of thought of him as my baby brother, a little bit. He was f**king brilliant. He was a joy to be around. I always looked forward to seeing him. It was always memorable. He had an amazing sense of humor and was just smart, whip-smart. I just knew right away he had something special. He had a drive, an imagination and a talent that was just titanic. He loved music. He loved soul music. He loved Marvin Gaye. He loved Al Green. He loved Otis Redding. I remember listening to the Jimi Hendrix Experience up in his bedroom in his mom’s house, and we looked at each other and I said, ‘Glenn, we’re out of a job! This guy is so f**kin’ good!’ and we laughed our asses off about it.” Seger also praised Frey for his work with the Eagles, adding, “Those chords you hear on “The Last Resort” and on “Desperado,” that’s him. He wrote those chords. And make no mistake about it: He was the leader of the Eagles. He was the band leader. Never doubt that for a minute, and they’ll all tell you that it’s true. He used to tell me that ‘Every single track’s gotta be good. Every single track. We don’t release an album till it’s good.’ Seger, who says Eagles co-founder Don Henley made it a point to update him on Frey’s health issues, says he last saw his late friend last summer when the band played a gig in Detroit, and he always stayed humble despite his decades of success. “Every time I saw him in the last 10, 11 years, he was so grateful to the fans. The first thing he’d say to me – normally he’d start with a joke or something – but then he’d say to me, ‘Isn’t it amazing, Bob, we’re still doing this at our age? I am so grateful that these fans keep coming out.’ And he meant it, every word. He was definitely sincere.”